If you are frustrated trying to decide what to have for dinner every night let me help. On Friday, a shopping list for the next weeks meals is posted. Visit http://www.CarriesCooking.com/ each day and your dinner frustrations will be over. I hope you join me for this free, time and money saving guide.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Menu and Grocery List (Sep. 29 - Oct. 5)


Quick and Easy Pot Pie
Green Salad
Black Pepper Steaks
Dinner Rolls
Bread sticks
Mexican Rice
Green Salad
Baked Slow Cooker Chicken Freezer Friendly (Save leftovers in freezer for recipes that call for cooked chicken)
Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

First, I want to explain what I have called the 'free day'. I have used other meal planning services and found that there was always one day that my family would eat out. The free day is the opportunity for you to either eat out, catch up to my meals, if you are behind, or make something that you or your family loves.

Second, a great suggestion was made to have one meal a week that is freezer friendly. (Thanks Andrea, from MommySnacks) You can either make the meal and eat it, make it and freeze it, or double the recipe and do both. If you have the space, it is great having a few premade meals in the freezer. Just put the meal together, don't cook it, and freeze it. Then when it is time to eat it, defrost and follow the cooking instructions.

Grocery List

Bakery Item
Dinner Rolls (Suggested side)

Baking Supplies
1/4 cup flour (Enchilito)
1 1/4 cups Bisquick Mix (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)

Basic Cooking Ingredients
1/2 cup Olive Oil (Black Pepper Steaks)

1/2 cup water (Enchilito)

Dairy, Eggs, and Milk
3/4 cup heavy cream (Black Pepper Steaks)
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated (Enchilito)
1/2 cup milk (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)
1 egg (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)
1 cup milk (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)

Ethnic Foods
16 ounce can refried beans (Enchilito)
10 flour tortillas (7-inch) (Enchilito)
1 1/2 cups Taco Sauce (Enchilito)
28 oz Spaghetti Sauce (Spaghetti Dinner)
Mexican Rice (Suggested Side)

Frozen Foods
Frozen Pizza (Pizza)
1 cup peas & carrots frozen (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)
Green Beans (Suggested Side)
Broccoli (Suggested Side)
Breadsticks (Suggested Side)

Herbs and Spices
1 teaspoon Paprika (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
To Taste Pepper (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
To Taste Salt (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
4 tablespoons Black Pepper (Black Pepper Steaks)
1 tablespoon dry mustard (Black Pepper Steaks)
2 teaspoons parsley (Black Pepper Steaks)
2 tablespoons thyme (Black Pepper Steaks)
1 teaspoon chili powder (Enchilito)
1/2 teaspoon salt (Enchilito)
1/4 cup chicken gravy mix 1 package (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)

Meats, Fish, and Seafood
1 2 to 3 pound Whole Chicken (Baked Slow cooker Chicken)
4 small to medium T-Bone Steaks No more than 1 1/2 inches thick (Black Pepper Steaks)
1 pound ground beef lean (Enchilito)
1 1/2 cups turkey cooked, cubed (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)

Pasta, Rice, and Beans
16 oz Spaghetti (Spaghetti Dinner)

3 Cloves (Black Pepper Steaks)
1 large onion (Black Pepper Steaks)
1/3 cup onion diced (Enchilito)
4 cloves garlic pressed (Enchilito)
1/2 onion diced (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)
2 stalks celery diced (Quick & Easy Pot Pie)
Green Salad (Suggested Side)
Potatoes (Suggested Side)

1 cup chicken broth (Black Pepper Steaks)

Be sure to check your refrigerator and pantry for any of these items that you already have. Also, don't forget to add items for breakfast, lunch and every day items. Going grocery shopping is much easier if you have a list of everything you need. Check out the Master Grocery List to make sure you aren't missing anything.

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